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Tristan

Tristan

This post has been a long time coming. As we all know once the holidays hit things turn upside down, sideways and get a little crazy to say the least. Just a heads of for the two of you that read this haha, this will be my last blog until after the new year. Along with the holidays my family and I are taking a trip to Italy, so my priorities are going to be elsewhere, but enough about me.

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Monochrome Montana Ep. 4 October

Monochrome Montana Ep. 4 October

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve had a Monochrome Montana post so while I’m editing my latest senior shoot I thought it would be a great time to show you some of the images I captured around the state in October.

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Coy

Coy

We couldn’t have picked a better day to photograph this future rock star.

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Sweet 16

Sweet 16

A couple weekends ago I was hired to do a sweet 16 birthday session. So on Saturday morning we loaded up the car with photography equipment, the lady of honor and two of her closest friends and headed over the hill to Red Lodge.

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Monochrome Montana Ep. 3 Absarokee

Monochrome Montana Ep. 3 Absarokee

This week my travels took me to the Absarokee, Red Lodge and Bridger areas. Whether it’s old buildings or landscapes there is so much visual interest around this great state of ours.

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Monochrome Montana Ep. 2 Shelby/Devon

Monochrome Montana Ep. 2 Shelby/Devon

Hello all,

Last week I was up North again working along the highline in the Shelby area. I have heard a lot of people complain about the North country, that it’s not very scenic, that’s it’s too flat, etc, etc.

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Monochrome Montana EP. 1 Havre

Monochrome Montana EP. 1 Havre

I love black and white photography so I thought ( yes it was painful) as my job takes me all over the state why not document what I see in B&W, everyone photographs this beautiful state in color so why not be a little different and original.

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Playing With Macro

Playing With Macro

When ordering my new gear I decided to get a macro lens for my portrait photography sessions that require extreme closeups. . This lens allows you to get up close and personal with your subject like baby toes and fingers, wedding rings or flowers like below

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The Year Was 1981

The year was 1981 and every boy wished he could have Jessie's girl. The space shuttle Columbia had it's first flight, the aids virus was identified, the word internet was first mentioned, MS Dos was released along with the first IBM PC and Prince Charles and Lady Di were married.

The Average yearly income was $21,050.00, the average cost of a new house was $78,200 and a gallon of gas cost $1.32.

On the television Luke married Laura on General Hospital, the cops on Hill Street Blues kept the streets safe and The Greatest American Hero flew across our screens, speaking of screens on the large screen was Raiders of the lost Arc, On Golden Pond and the Fox and the Hound. 

Now this should make you feel old if you don't already, Jennifer Tisdale, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake were born within this year and on the home front I was discovering more great music.

There is so much music from the 80's I love but I think last week I got a little carried away, so this week I cut my favorites to 10 to make it a bit easier to digest. So without further ado in order here is is my top ten list from 1981.

#10 Alan Parsons Project - Games People Play

The Alan Parsons Project consisted of the line up of several British rock bands and were active between 1975 and 1990. 

#9 Gino Vannelli - Living Inside

Gino is a Canadian singer-songwriter who had several hit songs from the 70's and 80's

#8 REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run

An American band from Illinois, they were formed in 1967 (wow the band is 1 yr older than I am.) They had great success in the early to mid 80's. Their album Hi Infidelity had 4 top 40 hits in the US and sold 10 million copies. 

#7 Frankie and The Knockouts - Sweetheart

They were formed in my home state of New Jersey and the song sweetheart was their most popular even though they had 3 other top 40 singles. They wrote the original version of Hungry Eyes sung by Eric Carmen and won and Academy Award for the song The time of My Life from Dirty Dancing. 

#6 Pat Benatar - Treat Me Right

Patricia Mae Benatar, who most likely will show up a few more times on my lists, is a singer, a songwriter, an actress and 4 time Grammy Award winner. She has too many accolades to list so let's just enjoy her music. 

#5 Journey - Don't Stop Believing

In my opinion one of the best feel good songs ever. Tell me honestly you haven't sang along with this song when you have heard it on the radio. Formed in 1973 they had their greatest success between 1978 and 1987 again in my opinion thanks to Steve Perry. Journey had a successful reunion in the 1990's then later regrouped with a series of lead singers.

#4 Dan Folgelberg - Same Old Land Syne

A super talented composer and multi-instrumentalist he is best known for his hit songs Longer, Leader Of The Band and Same Old Lang Syne. 

#3 Greg Kihn Band - The Breakup Song

Started by frontman Greg Kihn, their most succesful songs were Jeopardy and The Breakup Song.

#2 Climax Blues Band - I Love You

The Climax Blues Band is a British band formed in 1967 in England by vocalist Colin Cooper. 

#1 Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

Richard Lewis Springthorpe is an Austrailian singer, actor, songwriter and author better known as Rick Springfield. He was a member of the group Zoot from 69 to 71 then started his solo career. He went on to have 4 top ten hits and his two most popular albums are Working Class Dog and Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. 

There you have it my favorite songs from 1981. Hey can you guess what next week's blog is going to be about yup you guessed it 1982. Until then have a great week and stay up to date by following one of my social links. See you in 1982, don't forget your Aqua Net.

Your favorite neighborhood photographer,

Scott 

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In Case You Were Dying To Know How I Prepare For A Photo Session Here You Go

In Case You Were Dying To Know How I Prepare For A Photo Session Here You Go

Your photo session starts the very second you contact me. Whether by phone, FaceBook or my Website this initial contact is probably one of the most important parts of your session. When we meet we will discuss everything you have in mind and I have several key questions to help me get to know you and what you expect. Questions like:

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6 Tips For Better Cell Phone Pics

6 Tips For Better Cell Phone Pics

With the popularity of cell phones and the fact that the cameras on these phones keep getting better and better I thought I would give you a few of my top tips for taking better pictures using your phone.

 In my opinion, nothing will replace a professional camera for professional quality images but you can get some pretty darn good images with your cell these days. A lot of my Instagram images on my running profile are done with my cell as well as a few on my photography profile when it comes to low-resolution images on the computer it can be hard to tell the difference.  So here are my tips for taking better pics with your phone.

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Protecting Images On The Web

Protecting Images On The Web

I THINK IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO PROTECT YOUR IMAGES WHEN YOU RELY ON THEM FOR YOUR LIVELIHOOD BUT I ALSO KNOW NO MATTER WHAT MEASURES I TAKE, NOTHING WILL STOP DISHONEST PEOPLE FROM STEALING MY CONTENT AND PHOTOS IF THEY REALLY WANT TO. I FIGURE IT'S BEST NOT TO WASTE TIME TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE, IT'S BETTER TO SIMPLY TRY AND DETER DOWNLOADERS BY MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO ACCESS OR USE MY PICTURES. 

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What To Expect During Your Session

What To Expect During Your Session

Last week we talked in depth ( I thought I just heard a yawn ) about preparing for a photo session. This week we'll talk a little about what to expect during the session itself. 

Your session will be about an hour to an hour and a half. You can thank my wife, better known as my beautiful assistant for this. If it were up to me I'd probably keep you there all day. Once I start shooting I get into a zone and I'm having so much fun I don't want to stop. Before I know it she's whispering in my ear to wrap it up before the people I'm shooting start shooting me. But I digress.

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What To Expect When You're Expecting A Photo Session

What to do and how to prepare for a photo session.

At the moment of booking and meeting with you to go over my pre-session questions, I already have in my head what I want the shoot to look like and have probably imagined several different locations that you or your family would look great in. With that being said I like to be the one to pick the location. Having been shooting for several years I'm aware of what makes a good backdrop and what doesn't, but this is not a steadfast rule. If there is a place you want to shoot that has sentimental value to you or is very important to you for other reasons I would be more than happy to accommodate you. If you follow this link to my portfolio you can see my style and the backdrops I like. https://www.theviewfromscottsoffice.com/portraitis

 

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